Thursday, January 3, 2013

Manufacturers directory ranks I.F. 3rd in state in industrial jobs, up 3 percent in 2012

Idaho Falls ranked third in the state for manufacturing between October 2011 and 2012, according to this year's Idaho Manufacturers Directory, published annually by Manufacturers' News, Inc. of Evanston, Ill. During that time, industrial employment in the area increased 3 percent, twice the rate of the entire state.

Boise remained the state's top city for manufacturing employment, with 21,939 jobs, up 1.4 percent over the year. Nampa ranked second with 5,890 jobs, up 2.4 percent. Industrial employment in Lewiston decreased 8.4 percent over the year with the fourth-ranked city accounting for 2,916 jobs, while Pocatello, home to 2,827, was up 4.8 percent.

MNI reported that Idaho gained 1,096 manufacturing jobs, the first gain the company has recorded for the state since 2006. Idaho is now home to 2,152 manufacturers employing 73,920 workers. Southwest Idaho accounted for the largest share of the state's manufacturing employment with 41,547 manufacturing jobs, up 1.9 percent. Southeast Idaho ranked second at 17,972, up 1.7 percent. Northern Idaho was home to 14,401 industrial jobs, with no significant change reported over the year.

Bright spots included the opening of Chobani's $450 million yogurt-manufacturing plant in Twin Falls; Cives Steel Company's plans to open a steel fabrication factory near Idaho Falls; and the opening of a Southwark metal ductwork plant in Caldwell. Losses for the state included layoffs at Lewiston's Clearwater Paper lumber mill after it was purchased by Idaho Forest Group.

MNI reported industrial machinery and equipment remained Idaho's largest industrial sector with 15,331 jobs, down 1.7 percent over the year. Food products manufacturing ranked second and accounted for 14,883 jobs, down 3.3 percent. Third-ranked lumber/wood represented 8,808 of the state's jobs, up 2.4 percent over twelve months.

Most other industrial sectors gained jobs over the year including:
  • Textiles/apparel, up 5.5 percent
  • Primary metals, up 5 percent
  • Fabricated metals, up 4.7 percent
  • Paper products, up 4.3 percent
  • Instruments/related products, up 3.2 percent
  • Furniture/fixtures, up 3 percent
  • Chemicals, up 2.9 percent
  • Transportation equipment, up 1.7 percent
  • Stone/clay/glass, up 1.1 percent.
Losses were seen in printing/publishing, down 5.4 percent; and electronics, down 1.3 percent.

Detailed profiles of Idaho's 2,152 manufacturers and 390 distributors can be found in the 2013 Idaho Manufacturers Directory, available in print for $89, or available online through MNI's subscription-based service at www.ezselect.com.